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Opinion

April 4, 2014

Our view: A strong beginning, but work to be done on domestic abuse reform

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Members of the defense bar have already pointed out potential flaws, including whether holding a defendant for an extra six to eight hours would violate their due process rights. They also question how the state would pay for and monitor training of court officials and other staffers.

The defense bar, of course, has an interest in criticizing any proposed laws that would affect their clientele. But they do have a point when they say a rushed law is often a bad law.

The proposal that will be debated in the House next week is a strong beginning. Now is the time to get it right.

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